Happy 8 months of life to my little boy. This means that I am 8 months postpartum. If I could rewind time and do it all over again, I would. He is growing so fast and changing everyday. He’s starting to pull up on furniture and Army crawls to the dog bowls every chance he gets. Next thing you know, he’ll be walking. I wish I could slow time. Baby boy is sleeping through the night now but still gets up around 4am at least once a week to cuddle (which I am completely ok with). Staring at his tiny little features while I rock him in his chair is my favorite part of the night. I’d gladly give up sleep to sit in silence with him.
As for me, things are pretty much back to normal from my pregnancy but it can take up to a year for most women to feel like themselves again. If you’re breastfeeding, your body will want to hold onto some pounds so don’t fret mamas! 2-5lbs extra is completely normal.
8 Months Postpartum Stats:
Bodyweight: 165-169lbs which is pre pregnancy weight. I’m a heavy person 🙂 I have some loose skin around my lower abdomen but that’s to be expected after 3 babies. You can’t expand and retract that many times and stay normal even though I wish I could.
Exercise Limitations: None but some movements are still slow. Up until about 5 months postpartum, my epidural site was incredibly sore during GHD sit-ups and toes to bar, so those movements are still trying to catch up. My lifts are consistently 90-95% of my max. I’m completely happy with that. My overhead squats are still weaker than before as well.
Diet: None. Once regionals were over, I lost the desire to “diet”. RP Maintenance worked well for me but the excess sugar from the intraworkout carbs took a toll on my skin. I’m now 75/25 paleo. Wine and tequila are paleo 🙂 I always found that paleo worked for me when I wasn’t competing. It’s ingrained in me to take the bun of my burgers and to skip the fries and potatoes. Most of my meals consist of meat, fruit/veggies, nuts with the occasional kodiak cakes, fro-yo and the like. Paleo takes the thought of it for me and my body responds well when I exercise like a normal person and not like an athlete. Thank goodness for Paleomg! Her Paleo Cookbook is awesome. So many kid friendly recipes.
Other Pregnancy crap that no one tells you about: TMI warning – despite little man sleeping through the night, my cycle has yet to return. Thank you breastfeeding! It took over a year with Makayla for my hormones to balance out so don’t freak out. Be thankful. You have at least 30 more years worth of cycles.
Overall, I usually don’t remember that I am 8 months postpartum until someone stops and asks how old the baby strapped to me is. This means that I am fortunate enough to feel like my usual self already. Some mommies aren’t so lucky so please remember to practice patience in your postpartum journey. It’s ok to take a year or more to recover. You only have once chance to do it right!